News - 2013 : August

Aug 21 2013
New team backed by band members and Doc McGhee will play at Honda Center

by Dave Brooks

The Arena Football League is returning to Southern California and this time it’s bringing some Hollywood star power with it.

Rock group KISS has teamed up with former Orlando Predators owner Brett Bouchy, and legendary music manager Doc McGhee to form the LA KISS, an AFL expansion team that will play at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

Every aspect of the team will have a KISS tie-in, from the uniforms to the cheerleader outfits and half-time shows — and season ticket holders will even get access to a special KISS concert at Honda Center, planned for some time in 2014.

“Gene Simmons (bass-guitarist and co-lead vocalist for KISS) is a marketing genius who understands the power of licensing his brand. He currently has over 400 licenses” for everything from KISS posters and T-shirts, to collectibles, and even a bar and restaurant in Las Vegas," explained Bouchy. “But this deal for the AFL team is not a licensing agreement. They are actual investors with skin in the game."

The Thursday announcement came during a press conference following Saturday’s ArenaBowl XXVI Championship at the Amway Center in Orlando, which had the Arizona Rattlers beat the Philadelphia Soul 48-39 in front of 12,039 fans.
Aug 21 2013
DESTROYER BEER CAR AT ROCK & BREWS
GENE SIMMONS TWITTER
This KISS Destroyer Beer car just pulled up to our ROCK & BREWS site in LA. Flown in from Australia.
Aug 21 2013
LA INSPIRES UNIFORM CONCEPT
USA TODAY
USA TODAY's Design department takes a stab at a new 2014 LA KISS uniform concept.


By Jerry Mosemak / USA TODAY
Aug 21 2013
PHOTO: END OF NORTH AMERICAN MONSTER TOUR
KISSONLINE.com
Here is the final live photo taken during KISS' North American Tour. This is the very last second before the lights went out at the Hard Rock show on Sunday.


Photo by Dean Snowden for KISSONLINE.
Aug 21 2013
PHOTO: ERIC SINGER ON STAGE
KISSONLINE.com
Here's Eric Singer with his drum tech, Paul Bassett, moments before the curtain drops at a recent show.


Photo by Keith Leroux for KISSONLINE.
Aug 21 2013
PHOTOS: AFTER THE HOLLYWOOD SHOW
KISSONLINE.com
Here's one of Gene's boots, and Tommy's outfit (you can also just see Eric's drumming shoes in the bottom left of the photo on the right), just after the Hollywood, Florida show ended.


Photos by Keith Leroux for KISSONLINE.
Aug 21 2013
MY DAD'S TATTOO
TWITTER
Check out my dad's tattoo!

- April ‏
Aug 21 2013
OFF CANCER!!!
KISSONLINE FAN LETTER
Wisconsin Team 'Mudlicious'

We're friends. We're sisters. We're girls. We're bad ass. We love to get dirty. We're Kiss fans. Most of all, we're pissed off at that ugly, damn disease called cancer. Therefore, it was very fitting for our "Team Mudlicious" to run this years WI Dirty Girl Mud Run with the theme of "Kiss Off Cancer!!" Our bad ass selves donned on the makeup, had a fabulous time constructing our costumes and perfected sticking out our tongues as far as they could go. And yes, we ran the course in costume!

The Dirty Girl Mud Run series is a women's 5K mud run, with obstacles, girl power and, of course, more mud than any other mud run can muster. Additionally, Dirty Girl Mud Run continues to support Breast Cancer awareness and research, donating more monetary support to this worthy cause every year.

Before the race, Team Mudlicious gathered and said a team prayer. We prayed for all the women who are currently fighting breast cancer. Unfortunately, this ugly disease has affected women very dear to us: Friends, a Mother-in-law, a Mother, a Sister and an Aunt. We tearfully remembered loved ones that we have lost to breast cancer. In Loving Memory, Virginia Scott and Jan Hess.

Of course, we screamed aloud all day long ---
KISS OFF CANCER!!!

Best,
Jen Christianson

LETTERS
Aug 20 2013
WE'RE GONNA ROCK FOOTBALL IN LA!


By: Paul Toscano | Producer, CNBC.com

Los Angeles won't be the largest U.S. city without a professional football team for much longer, as a group of investors that includes Kiss bassist Gene Simmons is bringing a pro team back to the city next year.

The team, which will be called the "L.A. Kiss" will compete in the Arena Football League (AFL), five years after the AFL's Los Angeles Avengers ceased operations in 2009.

"We'll be bringing bombast and bang-for-the-buck to football," Simmons told "Squawk on the Street" Tuesday. "We're going to be taking Arena football to the next level."

"We're going to take it to heights it's never been before," he said. "L.A. Kiss doesn't just sound cool, it is cool. … It's in-your-face football. … It will have more fire power than most Third World countries."

Simmons also said that Kiss will hold a free concert for season ticketholders.
Aug 20 2013
KIDS COMIC #1 OUT WEDNESDAY
KISSONLINE.com
KISS Kids #1 (of 4) will be released Wednesday. August 21

Chris Ryall, Tom Waltz (w) • Jose Holder (a & c)

Presenting the adventures of Li’l Demon, Starchild, Catkid, and Spacey… the KISS Kids gang! This rockin’ new comic offers adventures for all ages (and many in-jokes and familiar characters for the KISS faithful, too). No blood or fire here, just laughs and fun tales of the little costumed maniacs and the crazy town in which they live.

FC • 32 pages
Aug 20 2013
KIDS COMIC #1 PREVIEW
KISSONLINE.com
Here are two pages from the new KISS Kids #1 issue.
Aug 20 2013
NEW ARENA FOOTBALL LEAGUE NAMED AFTER
Founding band members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley are fans of the league that features 50-yard fields and high-scoring offenses.

LOS ANGELES — Arena League football fans get ready to rock ‘n roll all night. The league is returning to the Los Angeles area with a new expansion team named after the rock band Kiss.

The expansion L.A. Kiss will begin play in 2014 with home games at Honda Center in Anaheim. The league made the announcement on Thursday. Season tickets will be available for $99 and inaugural season seat holders will be invited to a free Kiss concert at Honda Center next year. Founding band members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley are fans of the league that features 50-yard fields and high-scoring offenses.

Simmons says the AFL’s fast-paced action is an obvious fit for the band known for its high-energy shows and flamboyant costumes and makeup. He says attending an L.A.Kiss game will be similar to seeing the band play live.

“There’s nothing like AFL and that’s what we’re going to promote,” Simmons told a news conference. “This is about taking AFL to heights it’s never been before.”

Southern California hasn’t had an AFL team since the Los Angeles Avengers folded in April 2009. They played eight seasons at Staples Center.

“L.A. is dying for a football team,” Stanley said. “What we want to see happen is to take the excitement that is AFL football and bring entertainment to it. We don’t put our name on something unless we believe in it. This is something that really resonates with us.”

The band’s manager, Doc McGhee, helped bring the rockers and the league together. The league’s Arena Bowl will be played Saturday in Orlando, Fla., featuring the defending champion Arizona Rattlers against the Philadelphia Soul. Rockers Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora were original owners of the Soul.
Aug 20 2013
"ROCK AND ROLL ALL NITE" FROM HOLLYWOOD
KISSONLINE.com
Here's KISS performing "Rock And Roll All Nite" Sunday night at the Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

Filmed by Russ Dannecker for KISSONLINE.


Aug 19 2013
TOMMY THAYER AND ERIC SINGER AT THE HARD ROCK
KISSONLINE.com
Here's Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer performing at the Hard Rock on Sunday night.

Filmed by Russ Dannecker for KISSONLINE.

Aug 19 2013
THE ARMY INVADES AMWAY CENTER
By Jim Carchidi

As a kid, KISS kinda scared me. At an age when I was just learning about the world through the harsh realities of the grade school playground, seeing the Destroyer album cover was enough to steer me away from heavy metal for a couple of years. It wasn’t until I was able to listen to Detroit Rock City all the way through that I was able to understand – these guys weren’t just a bunch of nightmare clowns in ridiculous boots, they were a band.

As I got older, the nightmare clown thing became more appealing. How could it not? But what really blew my mind was the way these guys infiltrated every aspect of pop culture. Not only did they have their likenesses on everything from T-shirts and toys to coloring books, they actually printed a comic where the red ink was mixed with the band members' blood. And it kept growing. From Gene Simmons’ TV show to a cruise with the band to a coffin. Yes, a coffin.

It figures KISS would be a part of ArenaBowl weekend. The indoor football league's party atmosphere combined with the "rock ’n’ roll all night and party every day" band would make for a big weekend. Church Street venues like Harry Buffalo and Paradise Island Cafe had their share of KISS fans in face paint and T-shirts making their way through the door. Oddly enough, it didn't seem like there were many ArenaBowl fans at the show. In fact, none of the people I met were planning on going to the game. Granted, I didn't talk to everyone there. I even met one guy who wasn't a KISS fan. He just figured a KISS concert was something everyone had to see at least once in their life.

Hey, if a band can inspire loyalty from people who don't even like them, I'm shocked KISS isn't invited to be a part of every major event.

Their lineup has changed over the years, but KISS continues to inspire fan loyalty. You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who has never heard of them. And honestly, if you can take KISS with you to the grave, there’s never going to be a generation that’s never heard of them.
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